Failed TV Pilot: "Let's Join Joanie" (1950)
Cast: Joan Davis as Joan Davis
Subject: Let`s Join Joannie
Original air date: 1950
Cast: Joan Davis (Joanie Davis) and Joe Flynn (Anatole: uncredited).
This unsold television pilot has entered the public domain.
There is a very good idea in the script; little bit flawless in the lines and holes in the scenario. It missed a Jim Backus style in this sitcom.
Subject: Joan Davis
Subject: An interesting unaired pilot...
At the time, CBS was testing dozens of potential live situation comedy shows on kinescope (the only comedies scheduled on the network that season were the weekly "MAMA" and "THE GOLDBERGS", live comedy/dramas from New York, and George Burns & Gracie Allen's live bi-weekly series)- another potential kinescoped pilot was "I LOVE LUCY", in March 1951...and we know what happened with that!
Joan was good at physical comedy, and she demonstrated that she could be just as agile as Lucy could. This "kinnie" may look terrible, but this IS TV history.
Subject: Let's Bang Joanie.
The very tall broad in the cast was the great Hope Emerson. She was in ADAM'S RIB-lifting Spencer Tracy, CAGED, and TV's "Mother" on PETER GUNN
Hal Goodman was one of Jack Benny's writers.
Joan's boss is played by Joe Kearns. A lack of credits on the supporting cast seems to be something left over from radio.
Subject: 5/5 for Historical Value
Subject: Yes, I'm Giving Something I Uploaded a Review
Now, this looks like a lost gem, doesn't it? After all, Joan Davis was a highly paid radio and movie actress, and her "I Married Joan" series was a fun guilty pleasure. However, while this was believed lost for many years, it really isn't a "gem". In fact, It's pretty dull!
Basically, Joan Davis plays a unmarried woman searching for a man to marry (Note to historians: This premise had been overused by cinema and radio but was fairly new to TV). As with much of her other work, She plays a scatterbrained woman who gets herself into a mess. Of course, This could be fun, but the writing is weak. Scenes drag on going nowhere, and it feels depressingly dated. Strange thing is, In 1950 this might of been acceptable, But it would of been obsolete when "I Love Lucy" deputed in 1951, changing TV forever.
However, Joan Davis instantly makes this worth watching. She can make the lousy comedy seem good with her great comic timing and charm. It's a shame she did so little TV work, since she seems perfectly suited to the medium.
Curiously, Although it features no commercials, it runs at a full 33 minutes, making me wonder if this was ever broadcasted perhaps as part of another program.
Still, If you love failed TV pilots, This is worth a look. The difference between this and "I Married Joan" is incredible, both in writing and production values.
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